No more Private Colleges in :Telangana

With private UG and PG colleges mushrooming all over the State, the Telangana government has decided not to allow any new one’s to come up in the next academic year. Besides, it is also planning to collect data of faculty, courses and infrastructure in the existing private colleges with a view to regulate them.

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) believes there are more than the requisite number of colleges in the State. According to its records, over 300 new degree colleges came up in the State in the last three years alone despite no change in demand whatsoever.

Currently, there are around 1,200 private degree colleges and 120 government degree colleges in the State. T Papi Reddy, Chairman, TSCHE, said many of the existing private colleges don’t have adequate facilities and qualified faculty. “Most of the colleges are unable to fill seats in many courses. Where is the need for new colleges?” he questioned.

Every year, the council releases notification for new colleges between January and February. After formalities like inspection of infrastructure and faculty, the new colleges are allowed to begin the admission process by June. However, this year, the council hasn’t issued any notification, stating that there is no demand for new colleges.

The TSCHE is also planning to gather information from existing colleges on faculty, infrastructure, number of courses offered and enrollment. The colleges will have to soon update the data on the TSCHE website.

The State government is also considering formation of task forces to inspect facilities at existing private colleges.

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